Well, it’s that time of year again folks, as we head towards Burns Nicht on the 25th of January!
It’s also the time of year that the rare breed of flying haggis migrates down from the Highlands and Islands to nest and breed here in the very heart of Dumfries and Galloway.
As everyone knows, the flying Haggis like to normally nest on the banks of the region’s rivers, but this year due to all the recent flooding, much of their nesting habitat is too sodden and these beautiful creatures have taken to building their nests on rooftops and buildings in the towns and villages, where they are safe from being washed away to sea.
There have already been complaints to the local council from people who are hearing the deep drone of the haggis as they make their mating calls, normally not a problem when they are down on the banks of the Nith, Cree and River Dee. But as one local Lady reported, “it’s not much fun listening tae that noise coming doon yer Lum all nicht. ”
A spokesperson for D&G council has stated that Tartan Umbrellas or a woolly hat are recommended for safety reasons as these flying haggis can be messy critters when they get a fright.
Take care folks and if you look up, watch oot!
Written exclusively for DGWGO by RB (copyright)
Photo Credit George Wellman of Stranraer